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10 Popular Messaging Apps For Text Chat on Android and iOS

Mobile Phone Privacy

Updated on April 9th, 2019

The world is a small place all thanks to the little toy that we call a smartphone. Earlier we had only email to reach out to our contacts however these days the options to do so have increased.

The mobile play store has many apps which help you in messaging and talking to your friends and family. With improved security features, social media links and other benefits these messaging apps are your saviours in times of distress.

However, the choice of which messaging app to trust is slightly tough to make. Hence to make your work easy we bring together a list of popular messaging apps which you can trust when you want to get connected with your group.

With their benefits galore you do not have to even worry about being cheated or your security getting breached upon. These apps have some amazing features and once you download them to your mobile you do not require anything else.

 




 

1. WhatsApp Messenger

WhatsApp Messenger

WhatsApp Messenger is a FREE messaging app available for Android and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to let you message and call friends and family.

Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, documents, and Voice Messages.

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Review: PlayStore

WhatsApp is an amazing app for communication but when i recently updated it all of my statuses went dark and I could no longer see them. has this happened to anyone else and if so what did you do to solve it.?!

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2. Snapchat

Snapchat

Snapchat opens right to the camera, so you can send a Snap-in second! Just take a photo or video, add a caption, and send it to your best friends and family. Express yourself with Filters, Lenses, Bitmojis, and all kinds of fun effects.

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Review: common sense media

It’s is a great app I do not see why other people are saying that it is ‘very inappropriate’ when it is not. Your child has to be old enough, and all of my children use it appropriately.

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3. Viber

Viber

Viber is the Free ide! Text now for free and make high-quality crystal-clear phone calls. Viber is completely free. All you need is a data plan or Wi-Fi connection and you’re good to go.

Make free international calls, send text messages, open a group chat, and so much more! Download Viber today to connect with people, no matter who they are, or where they are from.

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Review: PlayStore

Thank you for listening to us and giving us a dark theme. I had an issue starting Friday and Viber Support emailed me right back and was already working on my issue, such a great app and a great support team that really cares.. Download Viber today, you’ll love it.

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4. Telegram

Telegram

Pure instant messaging — simple, fast, secure, and synced across all your devices. Over 200 million active users in four years.

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Review: G2Crowd

What Do You Like Best?

Personally, telegram seems to be the best messaging client to date, I think the feature that best defines this application and why it stands out is that all communication is encrypted at both ends, unlike other applications Telegram does not sell the data of its users for advertising purposes.

Another thing to note about Telegram is the ability to enable chat applications that act as an automatic response bot to improve the user experience. For example, we can configure a bot as a support for our application, or a bot to control our telegram group and avoid spam.

Something that also highlights Telegram on other messaging applications is the number of users that can support in a group, I have come to see groups of 80,000 people, something unthinkable in other applications.

What Do You Dislike?

What I do not like about Telegram is the amount of spam that exists in any group, when you enter a group automatically you always have a lot of Bot opening private messages with SPAM, even disabling the possibility that only your friends can talk to you.

Recommendations To Others Considering The Product

I recommend using Telegram if you are looking for a secure messaging client where you can make calls or send messages without the need for a phone number. If you are worried about your privacy, this application is undoubtedly your option.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Telegram is a very useful application in the business scope, I am using it as ChatBot support to answer common questions automatically.

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5. LINE

LINE

LINE reshapes communication around the globe, allowing you to enjoy not only messaging but also free voice and video calls wherever you find yourself.

Download LINE and discover the reasons for its global popularity and number one ranking in 52 countries.

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Review: PlayStore

Tried to uninstall and download again but I can’t open it on my HTC one m8 or my android tablet. update: Line has become better since my previous post in 2015. the developers still haven’t made the app cross-platform where you can install the app on multiple platforms and devices.

You can only have it on one device and that’s it, so I can’t download and use on my iPad if I have the app installed on my Google phone. also, personal notifications are not good if someone messages you in a group chat.

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6. Google Hangouts

 Google Hangouts

Use Hangouts to keep in touch. Message contacts, start free video or voice calls and hop on a conversation with one person or a group.

  • Include all your contacts with group chats for up to 150 people.
  • Say more with status messages, photos, videos, maps, emoji, stickers, and animated GIFs.
  • Turn any conversation into a free group video call with up to 10 contacts.
  • Call any phone number in the world (and all calls to other Hangouts users are free!).
  • Connect your Google Voice account for phone calls, SMS texting, and voicemail integration.
  • Keep in touch with contacts across Android, iOS, and the web, and sync chats across all your devices.

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Review: Capterra

Pros: Simple, intuitive yet powerful. Simple chatting with co-workers has declined on Hangouts since we started using Slack, however, Hangouts remains our default tool for video calling and online conferencing. The best about it is that its easy to use, simply calling from the chat window, or, as we mostly use it, by creating a calendar event and joining from Hangouts. It usually works well, without delays, and we can screen share easily for remote co-working.

Cons: Its a bit connection intensive. If your connection is seeing a lot of use, then Hangouts might be a bit slow. We usually turn the camera off to save some bandwidth, especially if we are screen sharing since we don’t need to see each other anyway. The audio and shared screen is the usual way to work on Hangouts for us, and we do use it often. I’d say that over 80% of our company meetings have someone joining via Hangouts.

Overall: Our company has a very flexible work-from-home policy, which means that most of our meetings occur with someone joining via Hangouts. It’s usually a very good experience, we share a screen and work very much like we were sitting side by side. It’s especially useful for working on a shared Google document, both reading and editing at the same time. We also use it with clients, who are increasingly adopting Google suite as their corporative tool for emails and documents. We’ve grown so used to this way of remote collaborations that we cringe when asked to use Skype and get office documents attached to emails.

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7. Talkatone

Talkatone

Keep in touch with loved ones everywhere by making free phone calls & sending texts via Wi-Fi or cellular data without using cell minutes! Start talking with
Talkatone.

Get a free phone number and free burner phone number so you can call and text without a cell phone plan. Use your free phone number or burner number to call for free in the U.S. and Canada! Make cheap international calls without using any of your minutes, and send text messages to keep staying in touch with friends and family wherever you are.

Talk and text whenever you like, make free calls to the U.S. and Canada, and share using free Wi-Fi and data communication all with Talkatone!

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Review: iTunes

There are reviews on here that claim things like “it takes forever to send messages” or, “calls don’t work” or, “app takes forever to load” But, I personally have used this app and tried others that Claim to be free but then want to charge after the “free credits” are used – I have had occasional issues with the app “freezing” and sometimes the sound quality on calls could be better but, after restarting it, it works flawlessly and reliably and, it really IS 100% Free!

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8. Silent Phone

Silent Phone

Silent Phone serves as the software component of Silent Circle’s Enterprise Privacy Platform of devices, software and services working together to keep you and your business safe and secure.

Silent Phone provides peer-to-peer encrypted calling, secure video, messaging and file transfers, with simple zero-touch deployment for cross-platform security—Android, Silent OS and iOS.

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Review: PlayStore

I think Mr Zimmerman is a genius. So I used his app from the beginning. I think a 3-star rating is harsh as SC pioneered secure VoIP. For the most part continual improvement. The move out of Switzerland to the U.S. is a major concern to me. Also, more information around the silent world is awesome.

Also being able to have more than phone number maybe 3 per user. I would also like a voice changer so if recorded by the party your talking to it sounds like someone totally different. Choose female or male and choose many accents even versions of accents. Make voice deeper.

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9. HeyTell

HeyTell

HeyTell® is a cross-platform voice messenger & walkie talkie that allows you to instantly talk with friends & family who use Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7 devices with the press of a single button.

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Review: iTunes

We love it. My group of pals are spread across the country and are in our late 30s and early 40s. We stay in touch almost exclusively thru Heytell (in chipmunk voices). We all wish that a setting could be enabled so that we could capture and keep our favourite heytells of each other to save or send to others.

It may be a privacy issue, but surely it can be made to be adjusted so that the message creator can allow his or her messages to be shared by others. It also crashes constantly on the iPhone now.

Can we get help with our favourite app, please? We use it all the time and don’t mind paying! I’d picture could be sent it would be awesome. My group toggles back and forth from Heytell to FB messenger to get the features of both. Thanks for the great APP! Please fix the crashes on iOS?!

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10. Voxer

Voxer

Voxer Walkie Talkie is a free app that combines the best of Live Voice, text, photos, and videos into a powerful secure messaging tool. Voxer is the only walkie talkie messenger with end-to-end encryption.

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Review: PlayStore

I’ve been using this app for a few years now without many problems. Lately all my incoming messages are being marked as heard before I even open the app.

It’s pretty annoying because to the people sending me the messages it looks like I listen to them and then go hours without responding. Any help to fix this issue would be appreciated.

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